President Obama turns 50 Thursday – a milestone he plans to celebrate with a little work and a little pleasure following a hellish week.

Obama’s public persona is usually cool, but the tumultuous days that led up to his Big 5-0 showed why the lines on his face seem deeper, the gray hairs more common than before.

The economic news of the week was grim, the stock market tanking.

Washington was paralyzed by a bitter partisan fight over a four-letter word: Debt.

The battle royale over the debt ceiling caused the president’s poll numbers to plummet – and nearly did the same to the country’s credit rating.

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